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Spiritual Tours - South India Temples
(Tour Code: SHN0003)

The region has been the home of the Tamil civilization since at least 1500 BC (Adichanallur). Its classical language Tamil is in use in inscriptions and literature for 2500 years. Tamil Nadu is home to many natural resources, grand Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture, hill stations, beach resorts, multi-religious pilgrimage sites and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tour Details

Day1 : Chennai
Arrive Chennai, Meet and transfer to Hotel Morning free at the hotel.Sighteeing of Chennai, busy metropolis of south india, which unites colonial with Indian tradition. Fort St.George and St. Thomas Cathedral reflects the colonial period, the richly decorated Kapalishvara temple shows the deeply rooted religiousness of south india. After the city sightseeing return back to hotel in Chennai.

Day2 :
Mahabalipuram /Kanchipuram/Mahabalipuram
In the morning trip leads to Kanchipuram, one of the holiest place of pilgrimage of the Hindus. Afterwards you visit Mahabalipuram. In the midst of granite rock, at a charmful beach lies cult caves, reliefs and splendid temples. Late evening return back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day3 :
Chennai  to Tirupathi
Early morning drive to Tirupathi 160kms (03hrs drive approx.). Tirupati is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in India. It has the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara or Balaji (in North India), an incarnation of Vishnu. Also known as the 'Lord of the Seven Hills', the 2m high standing idol of Venkateswara on a lotus flanked by his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi is believed to grant any wish made in front of it. The most striking feature of the awe-inspiring black idol is its fabulous diamond crown, which is said to be the most precious single ornament in the world. This temple draws millions of pilgrims and is believed to be the busiest pilgrimage center in the world. The richest temple in India, it is a masterpiece of South Indian Architecture. After darshan return back to chennai. Overnight at the hotel.

Day4 : Chennai - Madurai - Rameshwaram
Early Moring board a flight to Madurai. Upon arrival at Madurai. Drive straight to Rameshwaram. Ramesvaram is a place where Rama is believed to have worshiped Shiva, and so, a pilgrim to Varanasi is expected to visit Rameswaram next. Visit Ramalingesvara ( or Ramanathasvami ) temple founded by the Cholas. The most remarkable feature of the temple is its pillared mandapas. Overnight at Hotel in Rameshwaram.

Day5 :
Rameshwaram - Madurai
After breakfast drive to Madurai(04hrs journey). Check-in hotel. Later visit the city, which offers a grand ceremonial tank of water called Mariamma with its temple in the middle. Also visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, a palace in Indo-Saracenic style built in 1636. In the evening visit Meenakshi temple to watch the night ceremony, which is a hive of activity, colorfully decorated temple elephant, flower sellers and performances by musicians. Overnight at Hotel in Madurai.

Day6 : Madurai -Trichy- Kanyakumari
After early breakfast proceed to Trichy (145kms 03hrs drive) to visit the temple city Srirangam, whose golden roofs rise from a palm sea. Overwhelming is the brihadishvara temple in tanjore, world cultural heritage of the UNESCO, before which the elephants give their blessings. Small villages, lush green rice fields. After sightseeing evening board a night train to Kanyakumari.

Day7 :  
Kanyakumari
Upon arrival at Nagercoil meet and transfer to hotel. After breakfast visit the following places. Kanyakumari is the foot of India, where the three seas (Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea) meet. Unlike other beaches in Kanyakumari, you can see a lot people crowded near the seashore in the early morning and evening to catch a glimpse of the sunrise and sunset . Kanyakumari enjoys the rainy seasons of both kerela and tamilnadu . Overnight at the hotel.

Day8 :
 
Kanyakumari -Chennai
Morning after breakfast drive to Chennai.

 

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